Oct 07, 2012
By Anna Huddleston Holographic card dealers, CSI-themed slots and a "Judge Judy" mock courtroom were just some of the dazzling offerings at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the premier trade show and conference for the gaming and entertainment industry that took place Oct. 1-4 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. Organized by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions, the event is back to its 2008 numbers, with 413 exhibitors taking more than 259,000 square feet of exhibit space – an increase of about four percent, compared with the 2011 event. The… more
Oct 04, 2012
If your job was to find out where 18 beach volleyball tournaments could be held throughout the United States and you wanted to discover some new locations to try out, then TEAMS Conference & Expo was the place to be this week at Detroit’s Cobo Center. “I am here to network and find other places to go around the country,” said Max Bednarski, a T.V. producer for the EVP Beach Volleyball Tour. He added, “It’s the largest beach volleyball tour in the U.S. I am looking for places we hadn’t thought of before.” Pete Isais, director of national events… more
Oct 03, 2012
The Expo Group’s Show Manager of the Year award winners were unveiled, representing a wide spectrum of market sectors within the trade show industry, including a show dedicated to all things Halloween and a massive event focused on the plastics industry. All five winners will be feted during a gala awards ceremony at the 3rd Annual TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence Nov. 2-4 in Louisville. Some of the words used to describe the 2012 SMOTY winners were: “An unprecedented idea.” “Grace under fire.” “Changed the model.” “Incorporates… more
Oct 01, 2012
From where Mike Rusbridge sits as chairman and CEO of Reed Exhibitions, which has more than 500 events in 39 countries across 44 industry sectors, he has a distinctly unique viewpoint on the global pulse of the trade show industry.   And, as big as Reed Exhibitions, a division of parent company Reed Elsevier, already is, it's getting even bigger, with an incredibly busy year launching new events and acquiring others to add to its worldwide portfolio.   It’s not even the end of 2012 yet, and the company has launched 32 new events this year and made $150 million in… more
Oct 01, 2012
PMMI recently hired AJ Janosko as director of expositions to fill a newly created position handling much of the day-to-day show management for the Pack Expo trade shows. “The Pack Expo trade shows are among the largest and most highly-regarded in the country, and having the chance to work on them is what drew me to PMMI,” Janosko said. Janosko’s new position allows Jim Pittas, PMMI vice president of trade shows, to focus more intently on executing PMMI’s Strategic Vision. “Pack Expo and PMMI are growing,” Pittas said. “Pack Expo International… more
Oct 01, 2012
The American Bus Association has selected Louisville, Ky., to host the ABA’s 2016 Marketplace Jan. 9-12 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. The ABA’s Marketplace in 2016 is the organization’s 38th annual gathering, but it marks the first time Louisville has hosted this prestigious event, according to the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau officials. One year earlier, the ABA’s 2015 Marketplace will be held in St. Louis Jan. 10-13 at the America's Center Convention Complex. "The American Bus Association is always… more
Sep 30, 2012
Whether its natural products, surf gear, bikes or anything and everything having to do with pets, all four industries are thriving, with their recent shows scoring impressive increases in several metrics. New Hope Natural Media’s Natural Products Expo East, held Sept. 19-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center, had upticks across the board, including a 9-percent increase in not only attendees to 21,590 and exhibitors, which scored another 8-percent increase to 1,195, but also a bigger showfloor from 145,180 net square feet last year to 154,520 net sq. ft. this year. “A lot of it… more
Sep 30, 2012
After a grueling time trying to get labor reforms passed at Chicago’s McCormick Place, those days are in the past and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with two big shows – the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the International Manufacturing Technology Show - both renewing their contracts to stay in the Windy City. The National Restaurant Association will remain in Chicago through 2021, which is a five-year extension on the organization’s current contract. After a thorough review of options, the agreement was signed with the… more
Sep 27, 2012
Take a look at some of the most successful business people and you’ll find that many of them followed a similar formula when designing their careers: take something that interests you or you have an aptitude for, figure out where you can meet an unmet need, work really hard, learn from failure, stay ahead of the competition and if you play your cards right, you end up with a career that’s not only interesting and prosperous but also rewarding. Such has been the case for Kendra Nicastro, owner of K.C.’s Creative Events and producer of the annual Baby Bonanza and Kid’s… more
Sep 26, 2012
Two well-known industry veterans have been named to new posts recently, with Reed Travel Exhibitions bringing on Michael Lyons as the new exhibition director for AIBTM, the Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition, and Michael Krouse was tapped as the president and CEO of the Ontario (Calif.) Convention & Visitors Bureau. Lyons is a 30-year member of the meetings and events community and will lead AIBTM's efforts to enhance its position as the premier global exhibition for the U.S. meetings, events, incentive and business travel industry, according to Reed officials. "We are… more
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